Starting each board with two extra buildings makes the coastal regions vulnerable to it from the get-go.
Eventually I found a few names that worked, and "Dahan" met the criteria best.
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In some cases I came up with plausible alternate-history changes to mitigate these factors, while in others I handwaved.This worked well, but playing power cards face down meant people had to constantly look at what they'd played, trying to remember details of their powers to ensure they hadn't made a mistake.The cost for gaining a major power shifted many times.This portrays the indigenous peoples as inhuman, magical, Other which is not something I want to be doing.But once I started paying attention, I realized the difference wasn't in the mechanical play it was in the discussion.Having "45-135 minutes" isn't an especially useful time-range for someone browsing games in a store; it implies a lot of chaos that isn't there.The first iterations of Spirit Island had a rule which limited communication.Controlling well situated ports and upgrading them is one key to success.
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Brainstorm: How to represent "more population"?Power cards cost energy to play, and you're limited in how many you can use each turn.The core concept digimon frontier sub indo episode 38 of power cards has existed from the beginning of the design.Core element: One idea looked particularly promising for shaking up play with a historically-inspired feel.The only other change to the Dahan I can think of comes from event cards in the Branch Claw expansion.One iconic example is the Portuguese trade colonies iso file of windows 8 chaining out to the East Indies.The Idea, one question that crops up a fair bit is, "How did you think of the theme?".I'm hoping that Spirit Island will prove successful enough to support expansions as I have some notions for making the Dahan a playable position, which I think would be awesome; playing them alongside the spirits gets around many of the difficulties above and could result.There were originally more of them per board (8 but they did only one damage each when counterattacking.For instance, the name "Atu" looks fine until you say "Push one Atu to a jungle whereupon the sound-similarity to "two to" makes it confusing.